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Agromakers: open food solutions for small scale agriculture ecological transition

Opening information in food systems will empower economically from the users small scale agriculture ecological transition

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement IRD

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Researcher Institution

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Universidad de Los Andes, University, Bogotá, Colombia Universidad Nacional de Colombia Escuela Superior Politécnica del Chimborazo, Ecuador Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Familia de la tierra, foundation, Colombia Arac, Asoarce, Proasoagro, Mercado de la Tierra, Agrosolidaria, in Colombia Asociacion de Mujeres del Canton de Cayambe Ecuador asociación de productores, Makipura, In Ecuador

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How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Quitó Ecuador

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

North andean cities and their agricultural neighborhooods. In particular in the páramo.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Colombia and Ecuador

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am a researcher from the french institute for research for development (IRD), I have worked as invited professor in Quito - Ecuador (Pontificia Universidad católica del Ecuador) and Bogotá - Colombia (Universidad de los Andes) for 6 years. The objective of my researches within the international laboratory Bioinca is to reduce the use of pesticides with the participation of farmers. Part of my family is from Bogotá.

I realized my research on the reduction of pesticides use in agriculture could only be adopted if integrated in a systemic food system transformation. Small scale agriculture is at the crossroads of sustainable development goals and is threatened in the short term by lack of market opportunities and adapted technologies. We realized that open source and soft and hard wares and sharing information among food system actors could empower agro-ecological small scale agriculture producers and associations I was working with. Developing these open source and open information solutions from the users became our strategy. We believe this could impact all the components of food systems in the areas of production, transformation, certification and commercialization. We organized a first agromakers event in in two majors Bogota's universities in December 2019 (, to address theses issues by inviting small scale farmers from Bogotá neighbourhoods to expose necessities and find solution with other actors. The present project emerges from this event. Associations were asking for open source and open-information systems integrated in a visible platform, and the different actors understood how this would free small scale agriculture food systems from existing destructive value chains. We also believe it will impact my university, the university of the Andes (UNIANDES). The agromakers project will promote open source publication of technologies related to sustainability developped in the university. 

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

North andean populations share a quite homogenous culture that emerged from the interaction between an indigenous holistic cosmovision aknowledging and protecting mother nature, and an occidental human centered cosmovision promoting infinite economic growth supported by scientific reductionism and that led to the expansion of an extractivist economy in the region. The ecological crisis and the internet revolution nowaday provide a new oportunities for the emergence of an aliance between technology and holistic cosmovision of food systems and sustainability in general. 

North Andean cities also share also their dependence on the high altitude ecosystems associated to páramo for their water.

The cuisine of the area is based on meat and cereals, rice, maize or potato and makes little use of vegetables and  in particular of the thousands of indigenous domesticated varieties and  species that were consumed before European colonisation. Yet the agroecological movement permited to some restaurant to develop aliances with agroecological asssociations and farms. These initiatives and the diversity of small farmer agroecological associations that will be included in this open platdorm form the basis and strength of the project.

The climate is highly diverse. Each north andean city has access to agriculture products from all altitudinal levels and climates that can be transported and transformed in less than one day from the field to the plate. These ecosystems harbor most of earth biodiversity and are endangered in the short and mid term by present destructive food systems. 

The rural population is also endangered by poverty, aging, and little access to education and health. The urban population is on its side, endangered by the limited economic opportunity and vision associated to the exractivist economy. Although Colombia had developed an industry more than its neighbours, the little investment in education in the region, in comparison to Asia in the past 50 years led to a competitive stalling of its technology and industry. But still this extractivist economies permitted the countries to experience of the largest economic growth of the world which permitted the new vision of the 4.0 economy to emerge as a possibility for all.  

The vision we have to transform food system and reach sustainable goals is to empower small scale farmers and their direct marketing with consumers using open source and open information technologies. 

Our project builds on existing small scale farmer agroecological associations as familia de la tierra, Arac, proasoagro, Casa del Chorro around Bogotá, or móvimiento cantonal de mujeres Cayambe, finca Chaupi Molino, and Makipura aims to include more around major Andean cities that developped local solutions and ecomic models. 

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

2020 Challenges

  • Diets challenge : These ecosystems and their abilities to feed people with healthy diets are endangered by conventional agricultural practices, mostly in large farming units. 
  • Economic challenge : Small farmers holders in these areas are poor and ageing due to lack of market opportunity. Since they use low input they could potentially valorize their production in agro-ecological market. But they all sell their product at very low prices independently of their quality. 
  • Culture challenge : Many rural associations have started to change their practices by developing short circuit marketing with urban population to sell at better prices locally to ecologically conscious consumers. 
  • Technology challenge : To empower these association, in the world there is a large "agromarkers" movement to provide open source technologies for agricultural transition that reduce the cost and labour associated to ecological transition, and direct marketing information technologies and traceability that reduce the costs of certification and commercialization of good practices in agriculture. But these technologies are not accessible to most small scale farmers due to educational, financial and cultural barriers. 
  • Policy challenge : bottom up solutions. Territorial decisions have to promote and accompany local initiative. Having access to big data on food system is essential for these politics.

To address all these aspects in 2020, the challenge is to empower agro-ecological farmers associations with low cost information technologies and tools so that they can appropriate production transformation an commercialization of Andean agrobiodiversity. The first keystone point is the market. We have to empower low cost direct market strategy that has been developed by the associations and is based on interpersonal trust with open source algorithms for routing, and QRcode transacions. The second point is developing tools to link traditional knowledges and cultures with scientific process. Another keystone is attracting of young people to agriculture by providing access to open source machines reducing arduousness of small scale agriculture and promoting transgenerational heritage by attracting them before elders die. 

The 2050 challenge is to reach zero footprint food system. This means building an virtuous economic model that gow by itself and invade the economy by 2050 without long term external financing. 

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The first reason why our project will meet these challenges is that is will start from small farm holders necessities, empowering local initiatives with adapted research and accessible technologies. As described above, small scale agriculture is at the crossroads of SD goals and is threatened in the short term by lack of market opportunities and adapted technologies.

Organic market is expanding throughout the world. Small farm holder systems are close to organic farm system because of using reduced input, but remain very poor and unattractive economically because they cannot access to organic market. The first aim is therefore to develop direct peer to peer commercialization platform with QR code traceability. These systems of direct marketing have already 

The different academic groups participating  to the project are committed to produce open source technologies, hardware and software, from electronics to algorithmic, biology and agronomy and work on making open source kits and information really accessible to farmers, and consumers through videos, plans, and direct market. This will also allow students to create enterprises emerging from open source academic publications. 

The farmers organizations are committed to publish their necessities and talents they can bring to the platforms through workshops in the farms, videos, and agro-ecological markets events. 

The most important difficulty in this technological-ecological transition of small scale agriculture is to put together the strength of the emerging agro-ecological economy based on personal relationships, agro-ecological tourism, direct marketing that is limited to a small group of persons that can get to know each other personally, with the strength of open source and information technologies to be able to scale up this economy. Open source and open information allowing consumers, scientists and producers to be part of the innovation, evaluation and certification process and provide open source solution to valorize the agro-biodiversity and agro-ecological products will be one principle of the platform. The platform will also include an open source algorithm for direct marketing and reduction distribution cost. The producers and consumers or restaurants will be able to exchange directly through QR CODE  transaction in the platform. A distinction will be made between exchanges of information and exchange of products through QR CODE personalized transaction in the platform. A rule will be established in the various workshops realized in the different Andean cities to that an actor in the system cannot become a permanent centre in the network of commercial exchanges. All the information and commercial exchanges will be made public to the platform users.

The professors of the different participating universities will work for the development of open source organic shops, cafes and or restaurants within the universities. 

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Theagromakers network will integrate rural and urban north Andeanpopulations aiming to improve their well being by respectingpachamama, and eat better. The registration to the networkwill be open to everyone, as persons or associations sharing thissame ethical and well being objective. The temporal or permanentexclusion will occur when not respecting rules of the platform asusing the platform for non ethical purpose. People form outside theplatform will have access to the code but not the transactioninformation.

The network will attract more an more people from the major NorthAndean cities and their neighbouring rural areas by providing opensource information on agricultural practices and food system diets,and QRcode transacions that will promote zero-footprint-good-food inthe Andes, and tools for the appopriation of locally adaptedtechnologies. 

The farmers will be able to valorize in the market their goodpractices. The most a transaction between actors in the platformpromotes agro-biodiversity, stores carbon in the soil, contributes toreduction of poverty, improves the diets and tastes, the less it willbe taxed by the platform for the commons. 

The transport will have reduced footprint using routing algorithmand being covered by tax depending on their footprint. 

The transformation and comercialization of crop products will beappropriated locally by farmers, using low-tech, as solar driers, orautomatic dispensers thereby reducing product post-harvest loss andtransportation footprints. 

The restaurants and consumers will have linked palate and planet,acceeding to famous chefs low footprint and gourmet menu, and willuse be able to voice recognizing receipe algorithms proposing thebest gourmet diet recipe from the available basket.  

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

The vision

By 2030, our vision is that open food principles and developments from the users will constitute an economic model making small scale agriculture a good business in the Andes, a buisness in continuity with traditional cultures and practices, but attractive for new generations in terms of income, comfort and well-being. By 2050, this open information system aims to reach reach zero ecological and social footprints. 

Our strategy to achieve such sustainable food system is to share information among agents in physical spaces and events, and in aplatform hosting open source softwares, and hardwares for ecological transition (Figure 2). 

Economic model.

Building from the user. The idea of agromaker project came from an event where farmers expressed with counts and histories their need for spaces where information on the talents, products and tools present in the Bogotá agricultural neighborhood would be shared and made available. Agromaker is a network of people with the same philosophy instead of a classical hierarchical organization. Each by covering it's necessities within this ethical principles will contribute to open and sustainable food systems (Figure 3).

Developing technologies and science adapted to small farmholders necessity. Building from the user requires using adapted tools allowing farmers to collect data in order to valorize their practices and participate to their scientific improvement. Many of their practices originate from long-standing cultural beliefs or localy developped solutions. They have little been studied and questioned scientifically. 

Addressing all the themes together. Environment, diets, economics, culture, technology, and policy components of the food system are addressed altogether in a systemic vison from the production to the transformation and comercialization, from the soil to the plate, altogether in complete transparency. 

Increasing transparency Transparency of the information across the food system is the way to reduce cheating and reach an optimal systemic behaviour. Oportunities for hiding information and cheating is strongly related to centrality and orientation of information flow a network. A decentralized and unoriented network structure naturally creates more transparency than a hierarchical network: information will leak by one node or the other. Metrics of the network will therefore be public and discussed during events. Subnetworks with satisfactory metrics will have to contain all the components of the food system from soil to plate.

Opening the sources. The largest and most beneficial companies are now publishing a large part of their code so that more people can use and thereby improve it. Public open source hardware and softwares are available in the internet to solve problems in production transformation and commercialization. Agromakers is linked with such platforms as Instructable or lowtechlab, for hardware or GitHub for softwares. Our platform will make opensource accessible to small farm holders and other food system agents in the north Andes by providing kits. We will participate in the development to the open source code available in these platforms. For hardware there is a need to use local material to promote local industry. For software the database made for northern countries have to be completed for Colombia and Ecuador. 

Long term auto-financing

After a launching period, a percentage of the QR Code transactions will be covered by the platform for maintenance and development. Actors using the information of the platform for business outside the platform can be excluded. 

Zero footprint  by 2050. 

Open information will permit to calculate footprints and redistribute resources toward low to zero footprint activities. A percentage of the transactions will be covered by the platform for its development. Low to zero footprint transactions will not be covered. Transactions reducing inequalities among the actors will also not be covered.

Interpersonal trust and ethics. All the agents of the agromakers food systems know and are known personally other agents.Agents are certified by other agents as persons and thiscertification network must respond to the rules of decentralization described above. One agent cannot be certified by an agent he certifies. Dishonest certification can be cause of exclusion. Agents not conforming can be excluded from agromakers. These constitutional rules will be decided democratically. This insures a secure and low cost certification process.

Direct marketing: the market of small scale farming and organic farming is held by large agro distribution and third party certification companies. Third party certification is not accessibleto small scale farmer organizations. And large distribution maintain price low therby impeeding ecological transition investment. The solution found associations and foundations participating to the project Casa del Chorro (CC) en Colombia, Movimiento Cantonal de Mujeres de Cayambe en Ecuador (MCMC) is direct marketing based onagroturism and interpersonal trust (CC, MCMC). This strategy will be reinforced in agromakers. 

  • Each farm will be registered and data collected using tools detailed after ( )made open.
  • Traceability : QRcode system will be used for product traceability from plate to farm. 
  • Distribution soft: Then, open source machine as vroom for distribution routing optimization will be used and fed with Bogota, Quito and Riobamba data base in Github to optimize direct marketing at low cost. 
  • Café gourmets and/or shops: in addition to online direct marketing, spaces will be constituted in the universities to deliver QRCode products. 
  • Automatic distribution. A machine developped by Familia de la tierra associaiton with the participation of makers and IRD will be installed in agromakers universities.

Appropriation of transformation :

  • Technologies for transformation (driers, potato chips processors, jam) will be meade accessible by open source manuals and kits.
  • Existing open source hardware published in Instructable for the high tech and Lowtechlab for the low tech will be made available, and kits will be developped by using, as much as possible, local material and local popular work so that ecological and social footprint is reduced and the product not taxed by the platform.

Cultural dimension

  • Spaces as the touristic farms, the Café gourmet and Shop as well as the platform itself will have educative objectives. The project includes chefs as Sebastian Imbago who propose menus based onthe biodiversity produced by local organic farms( o 
  • Existing open source tools will be included in the platform to find recipe based on available products in the local basket( ). The culture change we aim to generate and that is beeing developped by these chefs but is to prepare a menu based on exiting local agro ecological products and not the conventional cooking culture : look for products after having decided the menu.


  • The agromaker database will be linked to the server openfoodfacts ( ) to evaluate diets of meals proposed by the platform from the basket of the consumers and contribute to its database for Colombian and Ecuatorian agro-biodiversity. 


Present atmosphere hosts twice the amount of carbon it hosted before industrial revolution. Present technology allows humanity to extract as much fossil carbon and double the atmosphere CO2 in the next future. Correlation between CO2  and temperature has been almost perfect in the prehistory. The soil still hosts as organic material, twice the carbon present in the atmosfere. Capturing carbon through agro-ecological practices is our major focus to reach zero-to-negative footprint.

Low footprint tecnnology

Carbon footprint of each product will be calculated and a label will be delivered. A percentage of the QRcode transactions be covered by the platform in relation to their footprint. 

Doing science with actors

Construction of integral solutions between scientists, farmers and others actors is keystone to our success. Participatory science is divided into two subdisciplines : co-construction of models to build integrative hypotheses and solutions, and crowd sourcing of data to test scientific hypotheses. Our method for the first time joins these two components that will feed each other (people are more inclined to collect data when they participate to the construction of the hypothesis they are interested to test). The interface is an ecosystem dynamic graph co-constructed in workshops (Fig. 5). In the case of a plant epidemiological model, nodes are climatic,vegetation, practices and epidemiological variables. The egdes aretheir interaction in time as parameterized functions. The tool will construct such probabilistic model. The cutting edge advance will beto include a crowd sourcing component to improve this prior model ina Bayesian framework with crowd sourcing data on the ecosystem variables. Voice recognition and image recognition open software willbe included to facilitate crowd sourcing by communities not used tocollect data. 


The platform, by collecting big data on food systems in the Andes aims to become an important source of information for policy makers.

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Team (16)

Stéphane's profile
Familia's profile
Familia de la Tierra

Role added on team:

"Familia de la tierra is a foundation based in Bogotá that promote small scale farmers in their access to better livelihoods through appropriation of technologies from the soil to the plate. It employs makers that develop open source low cost production, transformation and commercialization tools."

Yurany's profile
Yurany Lopez

Role added on team:

"Promotor of the association Mercado de la Tierra in Bogota. This association will bring experience in sustainable agriculture, transformation of agro-ecological products and reduction of waste in Bogota food system"

LILIANA's profile

Role added on team:

"President of the Proasoagro association of organic caco producers, and known as "Maria del campo" in Colombia, Lilianan Jímenez is working constantly with government to promote women right and sustainable farming in Colombia. She has travelled a lot all around Colombia and will contribute to gathering information on agroecological food systems for agromakers. Proasoagro association he expert in the production, transformation and direct selling of organic cacao, a key crop for peace in Colombia."

Fabian's profile
Fabian Amarillo

Role added on team:

"Fabian Amarillo is a sociologist specialized in Andean paramo communities social dynamics and sustainability. Fabian will help us to understand the fundamental dynamics of farmers communities in order to integrate them in the construction of technological solutions."

Jorge's profile
Jorge Hernandez Ambato

Role added on team:

"Jorge is responsible for the research group GITEA in the ESPOCH university in Riobamba Ecuador. They will develop open source connected climatic station to propose climatic services to farmers at lowcost. Services provided by agromakers in the short and mid term will include automatic irrigation, pest and disease epidemiological predictions and management, and other crop management tools."

Carlos's profile
Carlos Carpio

Role added on team:

"Carlos Carpio is responsible for the research group for the reduction agrochemicals at the superior polytechnic school of Chimborazo (ESPOCH), Riobamba, Ecuador. Their research on agro-ecological transition is considering all the aspects of agroecological transition, from new technologies for production, to gastronomy and agro-tourism. They will provide technical assistance for ecological transition in the region of Riobamba (Chimborazo, Ecuador)."

Pierre's profile
Pierre Raymond

Role added on team:

"Pierre Raymond is anthropologue, responsible for Agrosolidaria project. This project aims at increasing the market for this small-scale flour production, which corresponds to the urban demand of artisan backers making special breads. The economic model will serve as example for agromakers network to link traditional and modern agroecological practices. The peasant will benefit from the platform for commercialization, and technological improvements of production and transformation."

andrés's profile
andrés villamil

Role added on team:

"Andrés is involved in establishing norms and fundamental rules for production and traceability with the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture. He is an organic farmer and expert in certification based on interpersonal trust, organic coffee production, and reforestation programs. His expertise will be used to develop trust certification in the platform and he will be resopnsible for in farm environemental and agroecological education programs."

María's profile
María Márquez Miranda

Role added on team:

"Miranda is a member o f the Agroecolgy research group Tullpa from the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. She will establish links to include students and researchers from the group in the project. They can contribute to technical formation in all the areas of agroecological production and lowtech tools. They will bring knowledge to the participative certification component of Agromakers. Their network of productors will link to agromaker, in particular those in the process of transitio."

Mónica's profile
Mónica Ramírez Guerrero

Role added on team:

"Monica is part of a wheat small producers organization in Boyaca, a department close to Bogotá. She will bring from the user experience to agro-ecological transition."

Paula's profile
Paula Villarraga

Role added on team:

"As a farmer participating to the project, Paula will bring information regarding the necessities to be solved by the platform as labour supply, soil quality evaluation, low cost technologies. and traceability technologies."

Claudia's profile
Claudia Nieto

Role added on team:

"As a farmer participating to the project, Claudia has the experience of a recent transition to agro-ecology. She will bring to the project her hierarchies of necessities in particular the need for effective and low cost pest management technologies."

Alejandro's profile
Alejandro Antolinez

Role added on team:

"Cesar Alejandro Antolinez is a developer. He has developped the agromakers website so far. He will be in charge of developing the platform."

Philippe's profile
Philippe Belmont

Role added on team:

"Philippe is a doctor student in Agroecology at Polytechnic school of Quito (Politécnica). He has worked for 10 years in Ecuador with farmers communities and agroecology. He will work with us on participative certification with different labeling levels."

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Anne-Gael Bilhaut

Role added on team:

"Anne Gael Bilhaut is vice rector of research at International University of Ecuador. Her university will be involved in the gastronomy research and value chain research"


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Hi! i would like too understand more about your vision. We do a work with farmers here in south of Brazil to put theirs properties in transition to agroecology, or regenerative system. We have 3 diferent systems avaiable right now, it depends of farmer`s dream. We have interestings in planning models with world net. thanks for your work. our contact is:

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Hi there! Your submission is similar to our submission for Free.Tree,

Although our vision is more focused on development of an open-source database for learned growing, perhaps we can collaborate, as both our visions entail an open-source solution!

The best way to contact me is email at

Thank you again for your contribution and I hope to hear back from you!

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Buenos días,

Como estudiante de Antropología y miembro del grupo de investigación en Agroecología "Tullpa" de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Puedo aportar al proyecto con:

1. La vinculación de estudiantes y egresados en distintas áreas del conocimiento (ciencias humanas, ciencias agrarias, biología, ecología, agroecología, entre otros) que puedan aportar a nivel técnico en los planes de transición a sistemas de producción alimentarios agroecológicos. Podemos aportar en la formación en técnicas de agroecología tales como: biopreparados, camas de doble excavación, pacas biodigestoras, construcción de biodigestores, cultivos asociados, alelopatía, coberturas (mulch), reproducción de microorganismos benéficos, abonos verdes, control biológico de plagas y enfermedades, compostaje, conservación del suelo mediante curvas de nivel, barreras vivas, cultivos multiestrata, barreras muertas, terrazas, zanjas de infiltración, corredores vivos, índicadores de conectividad ecológica, evaluación de suelos, identificación de Unidades Biogeoestructurales para determinar conflictos de uso del suelo y usos potenciales del mismo a través de técnicas organolépticas (es decir basadas en las características físicas del suelo que pueden ser percibidas a través de los sentidos), entre otros, las cuales propenden por el diseño y manejo eficiente de los agroecosistemas que permitan aumentar la resiliencia de los sistemas y por ende aumentar las probabilidades de rendimiento de los cultivos a largo plazo.
2. La planeación y ejecución de un Sistema Participativo de Garantías, que permita hacer seguimiento y apoyo a los procesos de transición agroecológica desde los mismos participantes (agricultores, académicos, distribuidores y transformadores), basados en las definiciones de objetivos de sustentabilidad construidos desde los territorios. Esta planeación se basa en una metodología, cuyos principios se inspiran en MESMIS, FSLM de la FAO y IICA-GTZ, que permite construir indicadores locales de sustentabilidad que sirven de base para la construcción colectiva de objetivos a corto, mediano y largo plazo enfocados en avanzar en el proceso de transición agroecológica de tal forma que sea ambiental, social y económicamente sustentable.
3. La vinculación de productores en transición a la Agroecología que hacen parte de la Feria Agroalimentaria de la UNAL (ver página en Facebook: ). El objetivo central de este espacio es apoyar a productores y transformadores organizados que buscan hacer un proceso de transición agroecológica, esto se realiza a través la apertura de un espacio físico de comercialización directa, así como de formación en principios de sistemas agroalimentarios sostenibles, y de intercambio de semillas nativas, conocimientos, saberes y experiencias relacionadas. Encontramos que estos espacios resultan insuficientes en la medida en que se dan sólo mensualmente. A través de la vinculación con el proyecto Agromakers podríamos construir espacios de comercialización directa que les permita ampliar su participación en el mercado a través de plataformas virtuales que los vincule directamente con los consumidores.
4. El fortalecimiento en la organización de agentes que buscan transformar el sistema agroalimentario de nuestra región para impulsar sistemas agroalimentarios sostenibles que aporten a la mitigación del cambio climático y el bienestar social, en el marco de los ODS promovidos actualmente.

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Thank you María, the contribution of the research group TULLPA from UNAL Botogá is going to be central to agromakers. You've been working for years on researching, assisting and promoting agroecological transition in Bogota suburbs and further away. We need you for the inclusion of students and farmers you are working with. you form some hub in the agroecological transition network in Colombia. Regards, Stéphane

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Stephane Dupas. @Agromakers: open food solutions for small scale agriculture ecological transition. Interested in contribute to this necessary proyect for agricultural producers interested intransitional process to obtain certification in ecological production and transformation products, getting knowledge, enough fullfill the fundamental normative. Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has develop the 0187/2006 Resolution that comprehend the fundamental rules to acomplish the Ecological food produccton and traceability process, inwhich i am expert for been involved in since 2006, year when i started to get knowledge in Ecological Coffee Crop and other fruits, stablished under the shade of native trees and organic fertilization method, in order to produce the better quality product, adquire the recognition necessary to obtain an international certification, that i finally obtain thru Colombian Coffee federation, but without licence to create our own brand and use the seal in the package, just have the rights to sell the green coffee to international buyers with and impossed price and conditions. This issue made us to commercialize our coffe in a trust market with clients who know our process and was willing to buy. Peasants and colombian growers always are facing the low prices impossed for the market without recognition of the work and knowledge involved in the final product represented in an income to get a better life conditions for the families ussually involved in production. There is a lack of conditions for the growers toget the proper conditions to comercializa and get the right price with agregate value in a fair trade market. Perssonally i always likedto be in interdisciplinary creation and developing methods, ideas and proyectsbecause this guarantee always better results for the collective ideas and supports. I own a three hectaries farm wich i s my desire to offer to the proyect as a place where the producers involved can visit and have workshops to learn our demonstrable experience in produce ourown fertilizers compost and bio solutios to apply to plants and soil.
I am also expert i sustainable development normative normative and goals for agrotourism certification, because in my farm i have three bio climatic arquitecture cabins to host our ghests and visitors, giving them aguided tour in to the crop. Our farm aims in environmental protecction thru the water natural fountains like Paramus, high mountain andean forests, mist forests, preservation of natural plants and flowers, silvester fauna, constructing an inventory of commonly birds seen in the region, with a potential of 250 species, all of these to teach the scholars in a environmental education program we give to them and the community in town, with ecological journals of cleaning natural touristic areas from abandoned residues left by the visitors of this fragile ecosistems. In cooperative labor among ECOLOMBIA Ecological Association we carry the native forest species germination program and ecological restoration voluntary with the scholars and community, during the year round, conmemorating the most representative environment days, like the world earth day, the water day, forest day, marine ecosistems day, trees day etc, celebrating at least one journal by month. To Reduce the footprint and negative impacts to the ecosistems and Planet in general, the climate strike, preserve the natural Water fountains and sprouts purity, requires and intensive colective and permanent work, with programs and proyects, to plant in each one of our citzens the necessary conciousness to restore and clean the planet to transmit the responsability behavior we need in the humans to preserve the natural fortress of our planet. We have to recognize stephane the marvelous idea to create and call the cooperation, with work, ideas, and strong effort in others, to give this proyect a succesfull tools for the future soil workers will benefit this movement. This proyect also will preserve the ancestral andean seeds, cultural traditions and knowledge of our aborigen cultures which new perfectly how to live in harmony without poluting the planet. "Worthless them who adquire the sapience and knowledge and doesn't put it in practice and share to others".

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Hi dear Andrés,
Thank you so much for your contribution. We add you in the project. You bring farmer from the user experience and needs, and more particularly expertise in normative resolutions in agroecology and traceability, and agrotourism. Your contribution will help establishing an essential link with politics and regulations that will empower bottom up initiatives from the users we want to aggregate and promote with agromakers network, events, spaces and tools. Regards.

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@Agromakers: open food solutions for small scale agriculture ecological transition interesante proyecto!
Facilitar el aspecto produccion / certificación participativa (como SPGs) requiere un manejo extenso de documentación y criterios de evaluacion de la producción agroecologica, la app tendría un lado productor para facilitar este seguimiento?
No he visto nada del estilo en Ecuador pero ayudaria mucho la tranparencia de las practicas en las fincas.
Propongo un check-list que facilite el manejo de este tipo de certificación, y que sea a la vez facil de comprobar de parte de los veedores / controladores en campo y permita al usuario visualizar "los datos" de la finca de una forma pedagogica.

De la parte consumidor el tema de QRcode me parece muy novedosa, esta garantia vendria desde la pos-producción en la finca?
Tambien, a travez de experiencias de ferias agroecologicas en Ecuador, aparece que la necesidad de acceso a espacio de comercialización motiva en primera instancia los productores antes del aspecto ecologico de la produccción.
La certificación tendria ese tipo de productos tambien? "producto campesino"?

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The Agromakers project is a start to support and improve agroculture in underdeveloped areas offering the opportunity to increase crops and production, in addition to the opportunity to build a community that allows sharing and validating information that allows the development of agriculture.

I have the opportunity to participate in this project in the area of technology, where my main activities is the management of digital tools that allow the collection, organization and transformation of information so that the community can access it more easily and didactically.

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La sostenibilidad de la agricultura requiere soluciones inteligentes, menos papers y más iniciativas que vinculen el conocimiento acumulado con acciones para un futuro alimentario viable, que no siga poniendo en grave peligro los ecosistemas. Agromakers es una excelente iniciativa para las agriculturas de pequeña escala, combinando tecnología e innovación con conocimientos científicos y campesinos. Hago parte de un proyecto que busca revitalizar el cultivo de trigo campesino en una región de Boyacá (Colombia), al mismo tiempo que el patrimonio rural. Queremos fortalecer las condiciones para una transición hacia la agroecología con ideas y herramientas de bajo costo. Nos parece que podemos crear un trabajo en red en varias direcciones y potencializar un trabajo conjunto a través del proyecto Agromakers. Este proyecto plantea varias vías para alcanzar una mayor sostenibilidad en agricultura: facilitar la labor de los productores, buscar estrategias de comercio directo, mayores vínculos entre quienes producen y quienes consumen; otras formas de hacer las cosas, incentivando el trabajo colaborativo, la solidaridad, la revalorización de las agriculturas de pequeña escala.

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Small farmers in Andean region of Ecuador have many needs and little money for solving their problems.
ESPOCH (Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo – Grupo de Ddesarrollo de Tecnologías para la Reducción y Racionalización de Agroqupimicos) is interested in this project because we want to help the little farmers of Ecuador to improve their production. We could contribute raising quality of their products teaching them friendly plant protection practices and taking care of the quality of the seed. Other matters in which we can contribute is technology development (web page, apps and sensors), agro tourism and Andean gastronomy.

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Thank you Carlos, your contribution and experience in technological asistance and technological development in agriculture is fundamental for the project. ESPOCH is an institution of first importance in Ecuador especially in the rural areas that is keystone to our project of sustainable technological inclusion of communities in agriculture.

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Soy promotora del Mercado de la Tierra Bogotá, comunidad de productores agroecológicos que promovemos el manifiesto global Slow Food (alimentos buenos, limpios y justos para todos), podemos contribuir con datos de los productores locales, las de fincas de proximidad y en sí dar visibilidad a las experiencias de producción sostenible en nuestra comunidad. Por otro lado, en mi proyecto Vermeladas somos pioneros en realizar mermeladas de vegetales transformadas con alimentos agroecológicos y recientemente estamos construyendo una línea basada en alimentos recuperados de las fincas que no alcanzan a comercializarse y en la mayoría de los casos se pierden o se llevan directamente al compost, siendo estos alimentos aún aptos para consumir. Agromakers nos beneficiaría tanto en poder construir más fácilmente la trazabilidad de nuestros proveedores e incluso nos sería muy útil en el aprovechamiento del 100% de las cosechas.
Es indispensable fortalecer la cadena alimentaria desde las diferentes perspectivas, esto sólo será posible gracias a la tecnología y a los datos abiertos

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Buenos Días Yurani, Mercado de la Tierra Bogotá va ser un aliado muy importante que se alinea totalmente con nuestro próposito de trabajar el sistema alimentario en su integridad, desde la produccion, la transformación y la comercialización.
Ustedes podran compartir sus saberes, en particular el el tema de transformación y reduccion de perdidas postcosecha que es un de los temas mas importantes para poder alimentar al mundo en los próximos años. Muhas gracias por este enfoque, en cambio la plataforma contribuyera a su fortaliecimiento como asociación de productor facilitando su aceso a mercado de confianza.

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Como agricultores participantes en este proyecto es una oportunidad construir una plataforma colaborativa ajustada a nuestras necesidades. Específicamente en:
Acceso a insumos agroecológicos para la producción
Mano de obra especializada en agroecologia
Medición de nutrientes en los suelos
Acceso a tecnologías sociales de pequeña escala y bajo costo para la producción orgánica diversificada
Lograr mostrar la trazabilidad de los alimentos a nuestros compradores para generarles confianza

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Gracias Paula, el primer propósito es de dar acceso a todo tipo de herramienta que responde a sus necesidades mencionadas. El método es publicar código abierto todas las innovaciones en el área de la tecnología para la agro-ecología pequeña escala. Usted mencionó algo que escuchamos en el evento pero que todavía no hemos trabajado con soluciones tecnológicas. El primer tema es el tema de de mano de obra especializada. Eso se relaciona con el modulo "talentos" de la plataforma donde vamos a mapear en las regiones todos los talentos incluyera la mano de obra especializada como talento. El secundo tema es el tema medición de nutrientes en los suelos. Por ahora no existe tecnología bajo costo en este área con sensores digitales. Pero si pensamos las necesidades es decir el problema que usted quiere que esta tecnología solucione podríamos encontrar soluciones adaptadas. Par el tema de acceso a insumos, el objetivo último de nuestra plataforma es la cero huella ecológica del sistema alimentario en su integridad. Es un trabajo importante de pensar el sistema de manera cíclica. Recuperar las basuras orgánicas de las ciudades en la agricultura urbana o periférica. El tema de trazabilidad va ir de la mano con el comercio directo. El objetivo es de crear un comercio directo de confianza con QR Code. Estará basado en las redes sociales de las asociaciones campesinas como la de usted asociando turismo gastronomía y agricultura.
Ahora forman parte del proyecto agromakers

muchos saludos y gracias

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Buenos días Paula, muchas gracias. Construiremos las soluciones a partir de las necesidades mencionadas por ustedes en los talleres y eventos, cruzando con las dinámicas y los proyectos de los etudiantes y el codigo abierto ya existente para encontrar los recursos humanos que necesitas o los sensores que nos permitirán a bajo costo mejorar y valorar sus prácticas. Tú finca la Lulú será un ejemplo de éxito para otros que entraran en la plataforma a futuro. Saludos

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Hola a todos, es un gusto ser parte de esta iniciativa. Creo que uno de los alcances que también esperaría de la plataforma es la socialización, por parte de los usuarios, de las formas de control biológico efectivas para control de plagas y enfermedades. La práctica concreta sobre el terreno es nuestro reto diario! Creo que es clave que compartamos cómo lo hace cada cultivador pues es una de las grandes dificultades cuando le apostamos a la agricultura responsable, es decir, a la agroecología.

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Solo es posible una transición socioecológica con la participación de diferentes actores, desde el reconocimiento de la importancia del campesino en la construcción de su vida hasta el acercamiento de la academia al “hacer”.

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HI Stéphane Dupas great to see you joining the Prize!

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